Awards & Prizes Categories

Best Animation Film

Best Documentary Film

Best Feature Film

Best Short Film

Best Musical Video

Special Jury Mention

Best mobile Film

Certificates of appreciation will be provided to the award winners and the shortlisted movies only

Rules & Guidelines


>Entries to the Film Festival must include:

>Three high-resolution making stills (on location) of the film (update on FilmFreeway)

>A high-resolution passport size photograph of the director and team (update on FilmFreeway)

>Promotional materials: synopsis of the film, brief CV of the filmmaker, awards won, festival attended (update on FilmFreeway)

>The film can be made using any camera or mobiles. 


>There is no entry fee for the submissions as this is a charity film festival to create awareness on water literacy.

>Films must be for all ages.

>The films can be Documentary, Short film, Feature film, Animated film.

>The time limit for the films must be of length as ( short films: < 30 minutes, feature films: < 120 minutes, Animation Films: < 30 minutes, Documentary Film < 60 minutes, musical video: < 5 minutes )

>All films need to address the topics based on water, marine life, water conservation efforts, water environments, coastal cultures, water sports and exploration, dams and the displaced, water struggles / conflicts, floods and droughts, Global warming and climate change, water sanitation and health, river pollution, Holistic revival of water bodies and innovative technology designed to help protect water and create awareness on the importance of water.

>Please note that the categories are flexible and films can focus on the larger theme of water as well.

>Films should have no explicit violence, sexual reference or coarse/obscene language and not be against any religious faiths.

>Films must not be submitted to our previous year of film festival.

>Entries will be subject to preview by a Jury panel constituted by this Festival. Jury panel consists of experienced Directors, producers, Music composers and Actors from Film and television Industry.

>Films will normally be screened in their original language/version. In case of language other than Kannada or English the film must have subtitles in English language. In case any film is submitted without subtitles, it will be ineligible for selection.

>Due to the amount of films we receive, only the top scoring films will go through into the competition

>The organizers of the festival reserve the right to make changes in the screening schedule of films.

>The selected films will be screened on the festival day

>Final shortlisted participants will be informed through phone call/E mail or will be announced in our website. Only the filmmakers who make it to the official selection of the festival will be notified about selection at the end of the selection process through phone call / E mail or will be announced in our website. No information will be divulged before that.

>Jury decision will be the final to shortlist the movie and will be confidential. Decision cannot be challenged.

>Submissions received after final date will not be included in the competition.

>If you are using another person’s music in your film, please make sure you have their permission to do so. If you do not have an artists’ permission or have not made your own music or sourced copyright free material, your film will not be eligible for the competition.

>All rewards must be claimed within three months of receiving the notification via email, after which you will be deemed to have forfeited your prize. The film makers who wish to get the trophy through courier have to pay additional amount for the courier charges

>The festival will not provide feedback on films or specific reasons for rejection for any film.

>Try to upload HD form of the film so that we don’t have to ask you again for the film.

>All films must be submitted in “Digital format” (.mpeg4, .Mov, .avi, .mpg)

>Dubbed versions of films from other languages are not eligible for submission.

>By submitting a film, the filmmaker agrees that Mysuru International Water Film Festival (MIWFF 2020) has the right to make copies and distribute them for judging purposes. It also grants non-exclusive permission to exhibit your film during the film festival, if selected. Also allows the film festival team to use the film project for projects to create awareness on water.


Venue: Natana Rangamandira, Mysuru

Important Dates of the Film Festival:

Regular Deadline: April 10, 2022

Late Deadline: April 30, 2022

Notification Date: May 8, 2022

Event Date(s): May 22, 2022